There was even a case of a UK man tracking down and killing the person who stole his son's iPhone. He claimed he lashed out in self defence after being stabbed by the mugger, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide, and was jailed for six years. However, you might be able to use the information provided by Find My iPhone to help the police with their enquiries.
There is a section below that explains how to do this. The simplest method to find an iPhone, if you've got a paired Apple Watch or an HomePod, is to tell those devices to ping the iPhone for you.
On your Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Control Centre. On the lefthand side you'll see an icon of an iPhone with curved lines emanating from it: this is the ping button.
Tap it. At this point the iPhone which is paired with this Apple Watch, assuming it's reachable, will 'ding' so you can hear where it is. Keep pinging the phone until you find it. You'll be able to use the same feature on a HomePod as long as you have installed the software update released on 17 September Find My iPhone is a free service provided by Apple.
Assuming you've already set up Find My iPhone, your iPhone will be able to broadcast its location to you.
Whether you've left your iPhone in the back of a cab, think you might have left it in the office, or, worst-case scenario, it's been lifted from your pocket, you should be able to use Find My iPhone to track it down, as long as you set up Find My in the first place. Chances are you will have set it up when you first started using your iPhone so it's worth checking whether you can use the service.
We have a guide to setting up Find My iPhone at the end of the article. If you don't have an iOS device handy to search for your iPhone using the Find My app, but you do have a friend with an iPhone, here's what to do:. Pre iOS 13 you could just log out of their account and log in to your account using their iPhone, in which case, you can follow the steps in the previous section. The same goes if you are attempting to track a lost iPhone using a Mac or PC.
You can log onto iCloud and access the Find My service there. This is an essential step if your iPhone has been stolen. If you have Apple Pay set up on your device this will be disabled and any cards set up will be suspended.
When if you retrieve the iPhone you will be able to reactivate your cards via iCloud. Read more about how to use Apple Pay on iPhone here. If you get your iPhone back you should be able to unlock it using your passcode, but if there are any issues you should be able to get it unlocked at an authorised repair centre.
There's a great reason to update to iOS 13 - now the Find My service is able to track iPhones and other Apple products using a Bluetooth signal that they produce. This means that even if your iPhone is not connected to the web it will still be able to broadcast it's location to you. Because hopefully the person who has your iPhone won't have been able to use it without unlocking it, it is likely that it isn't connected to the web, therefore this new Bluetooth method is a great way of tracking the lost device because it can be 'seen' by Bluetooth beacons in shops and so on regardless of whether it is connected to the web.
To make sure your iPhone can be found this way you make sure that Offline Mode is enabled, which it should be by default. Here's how to check:. You can also check locations from within the Messages app. If you do it in a shared thread, you will see everyone who has enabled location sharing from their own device.
One day your child will lose their iPhone. Step one is to download the Find My iPhone app to your own device. Launch it, and sign into your iCloud account your Apple ID , if prompted.
Some of these will have green dots next to them, shooing that they are online, and sharing their location. Tap their iPhone on the screen of your own device, and then tap Actions , and then Play Sound. Even if their iPhone is set to silent, it will still play a pulsing alert. Follow the sound until you track it down. If their iPhone is elsewhere, the you should put it on Lost Mode.
This will lock it, and you can track its location, if available. If all else is lost, then you should tap Erase Phone. This will wipe all personal data from the lost iPhone, but it will also switch off all tracking, so you will never find it. Kids love iPhones and iPad, so you may as well use this obsession to sneakily keep tabs on their whereabouts, as well as helping you to lose the iPhone when they inevitably lose it.
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